Rubber Band Power: Vehicles

Explore potential and kinetic energy by building a rubber-band-powered vehicle and testing how fast and far it can go!


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tape 
  • Paper or old magazines 
  • Rubber bands (at least 6) 
  • Skewers or pencils (any long straight sticks for axles) 
  • Drinking straws 
  • Craft sticks 
  • Coins, bolts, or other small dense items for weight 
  • Plastic bottle caps or similar disk-shaped objects (at least 4 to use as wheels) 
  • Strong glue such as hot glue gun (optional; requires adult supervision)